natural disasters

Natural Disasters, Stakeholder Engagement and Dispute Resolution

​Friday, April 13, 2018
Texas A&M University School of Law
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Online registration open through April 6, 2018.

The conference is co-sponsored by the law school’s Aggie Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program, Natural Resources Systems Program, Program on Real Estate and Community Development Law, and Global Programs.

The conference will address how dispute resolution processes and collaborative tools can play a role in anticipating, preventing, and mitigating the devastating consequences of natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the recent fires in California and elsewhere.

We anticipate three separate panels examining:

  1. The fallout surrounding Hurricane Harvey in the Houston metropolitan area and collaborative efforts to address the current needs of the city’s residents and plan for the future

  2. Various communities’ and governmental entities’ use of tools for stakeholder engagement, as well as inter-agency collaboration in anticipation of and in response to natural disasters

  3. The innovative dispute resolution processes developed by courts and insurers to address the massive legal, financial, and related issues resulting from these kinds of disasterss

Our hope is to create a day of presentations and dialogue by both academics and practitioners in a collaborative atmosphere that can yield new insights, knowledge and best practices in tackling extremely difficult issues under adverse circumstances. Disasters can sometimes lead to a certain amount of paralysis and disorganization because of the many individuals and organizations that must learn to work together even when the priorities and needs of various constituencies and stakeholders might be at odds or in competition. On the other hand, the need to address disasters can unleash creative potential.

Location Information

Texas A&M School of LawDirections & Map

Driving directions to our campus located at 1515 Commerce Street can be found using the map below. The main entrance to the law school is on Commerce Street, across from the Fort Worth Water Gardens.

Free parking for conference attendees is available in the Law School parking lots.

Hotel Information

The Law School is located within walking distance of several downtown Fort Worth hotels. Hotel options include the Omni, Sheraton, Hilton, Hampton Inn & Suites, several Marriott properties and the Ashton Hotel.


Airports:  Texas A&M University School of Law is located in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, just 30 minutes from the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). The second largest airport in the ​United States, DFW has direct flights to over 200 locations around the world and is a hub for American Airlines (AA). The Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL), about 40 minutes from the Law School, is a hub for Southwest Airlines (SWA).

To and From the Airport:  The ​​​hotel does not offer a shuttle from the airport, but ground transportation options, such as taxi, SuperShuttle, shared ride (Uber, Lyft, etc.) and rental cars, are available.

Rental Cars:  The Sheraton Hotel is directly across the street from the Law School. So there is no need for a rental car or other transportation between the Law School and the hotel.

Navigating Downtown Fort Worth

Molly the TrolleyFree Trolley:  "Molly the Trolley" offers free trolley routes throughout downtown Fort Worth to Sundance Square and picks up directly in front of the Sheraton ​Hotels.

Enjoy the walk:  Download a walking map of Downtown Fort Worth.

Fort Worth Bike Share:

Shared Ride:  Uber and Lyft service this area.

Explore Fort Worth

Sundance SquareDiscover "Where the West begins" in the city of cowboys and culture. Experience world-class museums, restaurants, entertainment, outdoor activities and sports (Go Rangers!). Explore one of the best downtowns in America, complete with a visit to Sundance Square or venture to the vibrant West 7th area or Near Southside Magnolia District. ​Find your zen in the Water Gardens directly across the street from the law school or explore your wild side at the Fort Worth Zoo, one of the top 5 zoos in the nation.


For all questions, contact Professor Nancy Welsh, Aggie Dispute Resolution Program Director, at or 817-212-3864.